Nyemaster Goode, P.C. shareholder Frank Harty is a newly elected Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is only the third Iowa attorney elected to the 1,200-member College and the only Iowa member who primarily represents employers.
FBL v. Gross, perhaps Harty's most prominent case to date took him to counsel's table before the United States Supreme Court and changed the law relating to age discrimination. Decided in 2010, the Court ruled in FBL v. Gross that the standard of proof used in race, sex, national origin and religious discrimination cases did not apply to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
The 17th installation of Fellows will be held November 3 in Atlanta, Georgia, coincident with the American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section's Continuing Legal Education Conference. With the current installation, the College has members in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and six Canadian provinces.
The College was the vision of a number of the initial Fellows. Their idea was to further the establishment of the profession as one uniquely important to labor and employment matters, including individual rights, collective bargaining, and dispute resolution. The College was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. It operates as a free-standing organization "recognizing those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field," according to the ABA.
Harty practices primarily in labor and employment law and represents management of private and public sector employers, including small businesses and publicly traded companies, in Iowa and Midwestern states. He has tried over 60 jury trials, litigating discrimination, harassment, and civil rights cases, class actions, wrongful termination, FMLA, ADA, wage/hour, ERISA, and trade secret/non-competition matters. He has also handled whistleblower cases, computer fraud and other commercial litigation.
Membership in the College is by nomination only and is limited to those who, for a period of at least twenty years, have met the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards; demonstrated the highest level of character, integrity, professional expertise, and leadership; shown a commitment to fostering and furthering the objectives of the College; provided sustained, exceptionally high-quality services to clients, bar, bench, and public; and contributed to labor and employment law scholarship by teaching, lecturing, or publishing writings.